As Microsoft continues to encourage organizations to embrace the cloud, Office 365 is receiving more attention than ever before. Learning about Office 365 before a migration can also be an overwhelming task to take on, but our Office 365 migration guide breaks up the migration process into three parts you can easily tackle: time for research, time to make decisions and time for planning how to manage the deployment.
When researching what an Office 365 migration entails, learn about Office 365's pros and cons compared to other options for collaboration. Take the time to learn about what the actual migration involves and the different ways to make the migration happen.
Once you've done the research, it's time to make some decisions about the actual migration. It's crucial to get these decisions right the first time because many can't be reversed. You'll also have to decide how you'll take on certain tasks, such as how you'll manage identities and how many tenants you'll use.
Finally, you'll need to craft a management plan to make sure Office 365 continues to run smoothly after you make the migration. Every organization has its own needs, but it's possible for each organization to create a custom plan that will keep its deployment running.
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Do your homework before you migrate to Office 365
Researching what Office 365 offers an enterprise can be overwhelming, but there are some guidelines to follow when you begin researching the project. Understanding Office 365's pros and cons compared to other collaboration options can help you narrow down what your enterprise absolutely needs and what it may be able to live without. It's also important to learn what an Office 365 migration will entail and how to make the migration. This section of our Office 365 migration guide will help as you begin researching these areas.
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Important decisions to make for an Office 365 migration
You've done your research and now you're ready for a migration to Office 365. What's next? There are some important decisions about the migration process. Decisions made before installing Office 365 are critical because many cannot be reversed. Your enterprise will also have to decide on the number of tenants to use and how to manage identities within Office 365. This section of our Office 365 migration guide examines these topics in detail and offers guidance to help your enterprise make the decisions that will help its Office 365 deployment be the best it can be.
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Simplify Office 365 management decisions after a migration
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Key Office 365 migration definitions
Use this section to get familiar with some of the terms you may come across as your enterprise researches what's involved in Office 365 migrations.